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Fab Five Series – Sean Munger’s Version: Dinner with the GenSek, the Sage of Monticello and More

Originally posted on Yesterday Unhinged:
General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev speaking at a news conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1986.Permission via Commons: RIA Novosti This is the fourth part in our…

February 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

The day it rained meteors: the Sikhote-Alin Event.

The chunk of metal you see above may look pretty nondescript, but it traveled a long way to get here. This is a piece of a meteorite that fell from … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

The icy surrender: the bitter, frozen end of the Battle of Stalingrad.

Seventy-one years ago today, on January 31, 1943, the Battle of Stalingrad ended. Stalingrad was the largest, bloodiest and most costly battle ever fought on planet Earth, the climax of … Continue reading

January 31, 2014 · 2 Comments

Dropping like flies: the gerontocracy in the last years of the Soviet Union.

In May 1982, Leonid I. Brezhnev, General Secretary of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, suffered a severe stroke. It was not unexpected. Brezhnev was 75, smoked heavily, drank like … Continue reading

January 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

Breaking the Cold War ice: the Geneva summit of 1985.

It’s easy to look back on the collapse of Communism and conclude that it must have been inevitable. But during the Cold War things looked very different, even–and especially–toward its … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Halloween tale: what to do with “zombie Stalin.”

On March 5, 1953, Joseph Jugashvili, also known as Stalin, died at Kuntsevo, a dacha outside Moscow, after a nearly 30-year reign that left millions dead and changed world history … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Airwaves, spacecraft and the loss of innocence: Sputnik and Beaver Cleaver.

Fifty-six years ago today there was a lot happening up in the sky. On October 4, 1957, a Soviet satellite called Sputnik I was launched, the first man-made object to orbit … Continue reading

October 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Earth: the ruins of Kantubek, Uzbekistan, former USSR, weapons testing and global warming ghost town.

This shabby collection of long-abandoned buildings in the desert is called Kantubek, located in Uzbekistan, what was once the USSR. From the Google Earth photo you can tell it’s obviously … Continue reading

October 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

The ravine of no return: the horrifying massacres at Babi Yar.

Seventy-two years ago today, on September 30, 1941, one of the most brutal and infamous massacres of the entire Holocaust occurred at a fateful ravine called Babi Yar, in the … Continue reading

September 30, 2013 · 1 Comment

An Earth mystery: unidentified military (?) ruins near Muchavec, Belarus.

Sometimes you find some things on Google Earth that are just plain strange. Above is a screenshot of what looks like ruins of some kind, located near the small village … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · 2 Comments
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